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Sunday, June 30, 2013

 

6/30/2013, #86, 2nd Quarter 2013

Coming out, he went to the Mount of Olives, as he was accustomed, and his disciples also followed him. When he came to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed, saying, "Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done." (Luke 22:39-42)
      A word received: Make the choice to desire my Father's will above your own.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize every yoke of bondage for what it is and reject it.

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)
      Jesus, help us show forth your love to one another.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14)
      Father, as you did with the Good Samaritan, give us eyes to see those in need around us and love them with Jesus' love.

But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! (Galatians 5:15)
      (Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
      Jesus, please help us daily walk in your Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: Don't be afraid. I have you in my hand.

Sunday: 118 * 145; 1 Samuel 10:1-16; Rom. 4:13-25; Matt. 21:23-32
Proper 8 Closest to June 29: 16 or 16:5-11; 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 1 Samuel 10:17-27; Acts 7:44-8:1a; Luke 22:52-62

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 29 St. John’s Church, Ogdensburg, The Rev’d Ralph Edwards
June 30 St. John’s Church, Richfield Springs -The Rev’d John Bartle

***** Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      As you may be aware, the social and political situation in Egypt is filled with unrest. Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa and President Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East has issued a letter to all in the Anglican Communion to pray against violence in Egypt. I would like to encourage all of you in the Diocese to pray for peace in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, that the tensions would ease and the love of Christ prevail.
      The letter from Archbishop Anis is below, or you can read it by clicking http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2013/06/bp-mouneer-pray-against-violence-in-egypts-protests.aspx .
      Faithfully your Brother in Christ, +Bill

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
Jeanne Gizara
      Singers and dancers alike say, "All my springs are in you." (Psalm 87:7)
      The spring is a metaphor for the source of all that gives life, and that is You, Father God. You give us life and You give us everything that makes life worth living. You are worthy of all honor and praise. We thank You for the life that You have given to Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge and the gifts that You have bestowed upon them so that they can do your work. We pray that the life-giving spring continues to flow through them in their ministry.
      Lord, please be with the Mudges this week as they continue to develop and teach new courses. We pray for people who are able to provide financial support for them; for volunteers to translate their materials into Swahili and Guatemalan Spanish; for someone to develop an English as a Second Language (ESL) course; and for guidance in the planning of trips to Belize and Tanzania. Also Lord, we ask for an increase in the student body and that the students would thrive. Thank You Lord for all the springs of your creation. Amen.

***** Prayerline of St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Amsterdam, NY
Please pray for all those effected by yesterday's flooding in Fort Plain and the emergency responders who will be back out at work today.

***** A long-awaited Dock prayer update - and an invitation!
Hi folks
      Welcome to the first Dock prayer update in a DISGRACEFULLY long time!
      But don't worry - there's plenty to pray about and plenty of exciting things going on in the world of The Dock
      - we had the exciting/sad news last week (exciting for him, sad for us!) that Tim, one of the two Dock interns, has got himself a job out there in the "real" world! So please pray for him as he embarks on an exciting new chapter of life (and prepares to get married next year) - and also for all the volunteers in Dock Cafe who will miss him and will try to continue all his great work
      - in particular please pray for Tegan, who is now once again The Dock Intern rather than a Dock intern... She is doing a phenomenal job in keeping the cafe running smoothly, filling it with volunteers, food, tea, visitors, groups, laughter, life and the smell of fresh brewed coffee... Pray in particular that she has a fantastic restful holiday in July (and that the rest of us don't fall apart without her) and that she will continue to enjoy and be inspired by her time in The Dock
      - please pray for all the visitors we will receive over the next few months - as people travel to the TQ from all over the world, we long to see the message go back worldwide about a new, peaceful Belfast and a little oasis of peace and spirituality in the midst of it all. Pray that people continue to notice something different about the atmosphere of The Dock as soon as they walk in through the door - many people comment on it and we believe it is the power of all the prayers that have been prayed in this place
      - as the summer continues I'm also keeping going with the Titanic Pilgrimage Walks, twice a week on the Titanic slipways - pray that many people are drawn close to God through the Titanic story!
      - you may have heard that The Dock is now a charideee! - this long-awaited development enables us to pursue some long-awaited funding opportunities - please pray for wisdom in this process as we seek to expand the ministry and impact of The Dock
      - and please keep faithfully praying all the regular prayers of a Dock Prayer Warrior: for good- and God-) conversations in the cafe, for the continued favour of TQ Ltd and the surrounding community, for enthusiastic volunteers, for health for all involved, for protection on this ministry and all who sail in her.
      And now - the invitation!
      On Sunday's Dock Walk (meeting as always at 3:33 at the cafe) we will be met by Abby, a long-time Dock supporter who is currently a minister-in-training in Dublin. She has an exciting plan to use the Dock prayer garden for some focussed prayer for Northern Ireland, marching season, and other situations of community conflict throughout the world, throughout the early days of July. On Sunday after we have walked and prayed, we'll be joining her in the prayer garden to hear her plans, join in praying, and preparing the space for lots more prayer in the days to come. It would be fantastic if, as The Dock's prayer supporters, you could be there to be part of this.
      Thanks Dock Prayer Warriors - as always your support is more appreciated and vital than you will ever know!
Chris
Chris Bennett, Chaplain to Titanic Quarter, 07980 885991, chris@the-dock.org, http://www.the-dock.org/

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT--New Testament

State St.

Steve (man) -- We prayed that the Lord would prosper him and lead him in starting up his business.

a Tobias (regular) -- He keeps trying to live the Christian life on his own and needs to be steady in some Christian fellowship. We prayed for steadiness for him.

+aNT Joe (young man rode up on his bicycle) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God's cleansing forgiveness. We showed him Romans 8:15 and Ephesians 1:5 which speak of the adoption as sons that God has prepared for this. He got a huge smile on his face at this good news.

Deacon Alan Hart -- He came by to anoint Torre as Torre prepares for retirement. July 3rd is my last regular day at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and July 4th is Independence Day!

+a James (man) -- He was on his way to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

+a Charlie (young man) -- He asked for prayer about his anger issues.

+a199 Corey (young man) -- He came and prayed for us and prayed for forgiveness of his sins. He accepted the cleansing from sin that Jesus offered him.

+a Latara (young woman) -- She had just had a wisdom tooth pulled Friday and was still in pain.

Darlene -- She asked prayer for travel mercies for her family as they come for a visit.

+++ Sherry and 2 children -- She asked for prayer as she visits her children and for a good visit.

+a Moses (regular) -- We gave thanks for his continued sobriety.

+ Terry -- Has a job interview Monday at 11:00.

+a Eric -- Engineer in need of employment. We prayed that he would release his problems into Jesus' care.

+a Donny (man, drunk) -- We prayed that God would provide help and bless him and bring him to sobriety.

a Paula (regular) -- We prayed for her whole family, children and grandchildren, and for her husband John that he would not fall.

Lomai -- Asked prayer for Carrol who has possible cancer.

Mike -- Prayer for God's priorities.

Ken (man) -- We prayed that he would be steady in God.

Albany St. 9:35 - 10:40, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and his guitar

+ Randy - he said "Everytime I pray, it comes true!" We blessed him.

Anonymous walk by.. "boy, do I need prayer" but did not stop. Please do pray for him!

++ Estelle - an apartment, also prayers for her son Isaiah to come home

+ Bishon (been to the table before) admitted he had already been drinking today - prayers to reform his life, help with his struggles with alcohol, pray that he sleep well (he got goose bumps on his arms as he was prayed for)

+ Alfredo - a van was driving by, pulled over to get a cross - we blessed Alfredo the driver and his friends who jumped out to get the cross.

+++++ Jessica - prayers for her family (husband Peter and 3 children) and the neighborhood

++ Ricky - prayer for his pastor Felicia and her family as she returned to their church, all his his family (wife Adrianne), and the community

++ Tashina - was past talking on the cell phone but turned around and came back) prayers for her to be strong, successful, and to stay focused on her life with Christ, also her cousin Shabar who was shot 9 times this monring in NYC,

+ Kamil - (young man) - his health, removal of a fever

+ Scott - (very young man - about 10) - his school

+ Emmanuel - strength, courage, and wisdom

Anonymous - asked us to pray for the Terry family - (family with 4 killed in the fire several weeks ago and 1 child severely burned)

Albany Intercessor


Friday, June 28, 2013

 

6/28/2013, #85, 2nd Quarter 2013

A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my trouble; incline your ear to me; in the day that I call, answer me speedily. (Psalm 102:1-2)
      Father, hear the cries of your children; hear the cries of the lost and the least. Answer us speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned like a hearth. My heart is stricken and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread. (Psalm 102:3-4)
      Holy Spirit, let your river of living water flow through us.

Because of the sound of my groaning my bones cling to my skin. I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert. I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop. (Psalm 102:5-7)
      Jesus, come to us in the night times when we lie awake and remind us of your love for us. Thank you.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 1 Samuel 9:1-14; Acts 7:17-29; Luke 22:31-38
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1; Acts 7:30-43; Luke 22:39-51

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 28 Thanksgiving for the ministry of AA

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water

John (young man from last week) -- His bronchitis is now healed.

+a Anthony (young boy) -- When we asked what he wanted, he said, "Jesus."

+a Joann (teenage girl) -- "headaches and pain"

+a Charlie (man) -- He has a job now and his 1-1/2 year old grandchild is doing well.

Josh (young man) -- He wants to come to the City Life program of Youth for Christ.

Peter (man) -- He is trying to find a new apartment. He just bought a car for his 17 year old daughter. He hasn't had a drink in 32 years. He plans to have a glass of wine on his hundredth birthday (he is now 68 ).

++a Lisa (woman) -- Her son age 17 died 3 years ago and she is still mourning her loss. She has been sober for 11 days. We also prayed for her neice +a Josephine.

+Kathy (woman from last week) -- She is still grieving her father's death, was weeping in Jean's arms.

John (man) -- He lost his job, depressed, he has learning issues.

++++++Janice -- She took 6 crosses to hand out to others and asked prayer for her foster son Stephen.

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, June 27, 2013

 

6/27/2013, #84, 2nd Quarter 2013

Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.' But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. (Luke 22:24-27)
      Holy Spirit, give us all servants hearts. Bless all those who are called to the deaconate, but help us all hear your call to go forth into the harvest fields as your servants.

A word received: Pray for ears that listen to me and hearken to my word.

Then he said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to pray daily that you will send forth laborers into the harvest fields. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8 )

Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Acts 6:15-7:16; Luke 22:24-30
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 1 Samuel 9:1-14; Acts 7:17-29; Luke 22:31-38

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 27 St. Mary’s, Lake Luzerne – The Rev’d David Beaulac, The Rev’d Lynne Curtis

***** All Saints Cathedral Prayer Table report 6/27/13 A bit cloudy, but so far no rain. Dcn. Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo
Jana - Kay, who broke her collar bone
Nelson Mandela - peaceful time
Beth - Peter, recovering from cancer surgey.
Sue - Deb, husband's peaceful passing from cancer.
Paul - Bishop Ball, David J, Tripp, and Mick Montinio - heart transplant.
FHS, Jana

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 

6/26/2013, #83, 2nd Quarter 2013

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me." Likewise he also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:19-20)

      We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen. (BCP)

      Jesus, please help us throughout this diocese find new life in your word and sacraments. Help us go forth into the harvest fields proclaiming the cleansing power of your blood. Thank you.

A word received: Give thanks with a grateful heart.

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 1 Samuel 7:2-17; Acts 6:1-15; Luke 22:14-23
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Acts 6:15-7:16; Luke 22:24-30

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 26 The Very Rev’d Scott Harding

***** Diocesan Update June 25, 2013, A compendium of miscellany regarding things going on in the Diocese of Albany

Diocesan Prayer List Now Available
The Diocesan Intercessory Prayer List for the Third Quarter is available for download by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/download/2013Prayer3rdQtr.pdf

Couples Cursillo Coming Up!
A couples Cursillo Weekend is being held at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center August 22nd - 25th. A Cursillo weekend is a time to renew and deepen your commitment to Christ. Want to learn more about Cursillo? Click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php? . Wondering why you should go to a Cursillo weekend? Click here to download Barb Mitchell's (Cursillo Lay Rectora for Cursillo #60, 2010) thoughts on why you should attend a Cursillo weekend. Interested in attending this Cursillo Weekend? Download the application here. For more information, click here to e-mail Ed and Shellie Raquet, the Lay Rector and Lay Rectora for the weekend.

Gardeners Needed!
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center needs some help sprucing things up for summer! If you like to garden or do light landscaping, click here to contact Matt Baker to help!

Bishop Love to Preach at the Healing Service at Christ the King
Our very own Bishop Love will be the preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, July 2nd. Bishop Love has a deep passion for the Christian Healing Ministry and has been part of a team teaching healing prayer to the church in Uganda. Be edified and encouraged by his proclamation of the Gospel and his unwavering commitment to sharing the love of Jesus Christ, especially through the ministry of healing, with all who will receive it. The Healing service begins at 10 a.m. Opportunity for individual prayer ministry occurs at the end of the service. Lunch is available in the dining room of the Welcome Center afterwards.

Greek for the Busy (St. Mary's Institute of Christian Studies)
Have you wanted to study the Gospel in the original language, but didn't think you had time to learn Greek? This is the class for you! The idea of this class is to cover the key points of New Testament Greek in a very short-term, streamlined way, offering basic tools and some available resources with a minimum of study time. This would mean six class meetings (an hour to an hour and a half each), perhaps every other week, beginning in the Fall. This class is meant to stand alone, but of course it could be a start for more extended study, or could be used as a refresher course. The only prerequisite is interest. There is a $60 fee for materials, but no additional books are needed. If you're interested in being a part of this class, click http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/contact/cform.php?stmarysinstitute to contact Sister Mary Jean, soon, and indicate the days and/or times that would be possible for you to meet.

***** 6/25 Prayer table report, State Street Schenectady 2:15 - 3::25 pm, Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

++++ Stefanie and her 3 children - Breasia, Lorriona, Jasen, Jayieen - we blessed the family, with safety, God's love and a wonderful loving summer.

+ Shanoah - needs a job, financial stress, anxiety

+ Tedric - general overall prayer

++Xavier (young man) - he asked prayers for Delores a 70 year old woman in the hospital with heart issues

+ Alexis - financial security and she is fighting depression. (She had ridden in a taxi, saw us give a friendly wave, and knew she had to come back for prayer. You could see a change in her face after we prayed for her!)

++ Holly - asked prayer for her young cousin Caleb who was in an accident and broke his tibia and fibia in one leg. (Was excited when we told her Caleb was a might man of God in the Bible)

+ Steven - prayers for his finance Jojonna to be saved. (Asked about service times at the church)

Priest and Theresa - prayers for housing and mental health

+Orlando - two requests - 1) for his family fighting over an earthly inheritance 2) the children of our nation

Anonymous - "No, I don't want a prayer... but God knows I could use one." So we blesed his remotely Please pray for him.

Young man (almost 12) - depression, helplessness, removal of spirit of suicide

***** Prayer Table report ST. ANN's OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, June 24, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; in front of our church on Division Street. Warm, muggy ... not a lot of people around today. Becky Hadley, Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

a-- anointed with Holy Oil.
t-- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
b-- received one of our leftover church bulletins of Sunday.

RENEE -- For relief of pain she has been having from recent operation.

b, t,t,t -- DASHAN and young son DAMIEN and even younger daughter (no name given) -- This young mother and her two children stopped, and the mother gratefully sought prayer for safety and protection for her and her family. She took a church bulletin and said she was interested in coming to our 8 o'clock service next Sunday.

t,t -- HECTOR (son) and DAVID (father, 70-ish man) -- This pair of primarily Spanish-speaking men were surprised but happy to find out that we wanted to pray for them. We all joined hands and bowed our heads and we prayed for health, safety and preservation for these men. They then gratefully took crosses and put them on!

JOHN -- He was with a woman walking with a cane. He nodded his head as we asked if we could pray for them for anything, but he said "We can't stop now. we're on our way to the doctor's office for her appointment." We prayed for both of them as they continued down the street.

b,t,t -- MELISSA and STEVE -- This very serious and sad-looking couple stopped and asked where it was that " ... they are giving out a free meal." We directed them to the Soup Kitchen across the street. (The Masonic Temple across the street has it every Monday, which is why we chose Monday to have the prayer table out on that morning.) When we asked if they wanted prayer as well, they gladly accepted our offer. Melissa said, "We're homeless right now." We prayed for them to get a roof over their heads as soon as possible and that the Lord will provide for them.

a,b -- REBECCA -- She asked for continued healing in her ears. She came last week for prayer because of pain she was feeling in both ears. She saw a doctor on Friday who helped relieve the pain, but it has not cleared entirely. We anointed her ears with Holy Oil and prayed for continued and complete healing.

As we closed the table, we also prayed for KARI, DAVID and ETHEL. The Lord knows the details.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

6/25/2013, #82, 2nd Quarter 2013

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood on us!" But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:27-29)
      Holy Father, I pray that such an accusation can be brought against every parish in this diocese: that we have filled our community with the doctrine of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins and the victory over death and the grave.

      Holy Spirit, make Jesus my daily light and my salvation so that I shall fear no one. He is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (See Psalm 27:1)

      Jesus, please help us in all things and in every situation to find the freedom to make you known to others. Thank you.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Samuel 6:1-16; Acts 5:27-42; Luke 21:37-22:13
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 1 Samuel 7:2-17; Acts 6:1-15; Luke 22:14-23

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 25 Trinity Church, Rensselaerville, The Ven. David Collum, The Rev’d William Day, The Rev’d Kyle Grennen

***** Prayer Table , Zion ,Colton on Cold Brook Dr. Tues. June 17, 10-11:30am Jo Ferris

Ed--- reitired pastor ---toot, tooot, toot and toot as he passed

a ---Jackie----sure--asked for prayers for a friends Great Dane that has cancer and it's owners --the dog has about 3 months.

Sally --stopped to say "Hi"---it is good what you are doing. "no thanks for prayer" then said she would like prayers for a plant she had put in the ground. She asked that it would survive --it seems like it is drowning.

A lady walking---waved and went to the other side of the road--- When she returned I aske d"would u like prayer" --no thanks.

2 on bicycles--- Just said "hi " to me and kept peddling. I prayed for their safety as they cycled.

***** We at St. Andrew’s Church in Scotia, are requesting prayers for our brother Dan who will be undergoing surgery on Wednesday of this week at Albany Medical Center for bladder surgery. Dan has been under care for a bladder tumor, the size of which has decreased by 75%, this has happened through chemo and many prayers and Dan’s positive and energetic personality. God has been at work with Dan and we pray that God will continue to bless Dan and his family as he goes through this major surgery. In Christ, Ray Rockwell

Albany Intercessor


Monday, June 24, 2013

 

6/24/2013, #81, 2nd Quarter 2013

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      Father, help us make known your faithfulness to the next generation.

For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness you shall establish in the very heavens." (Psalm 89:2)
      Jesus, you are faithful and true -- let your love and mercy follow us all the days of my life.

"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to my servant David: (Psalm 89:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for calling and anointing your servant David.

'Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.' " (Psalm 89:4)
      Jesus, your throne is established forever to all generations.

And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. (Psalm 89:5)
      Jesus, help us praise you in the assembly of our people.

For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? (Psalm 89:6)
      Father, there is no one else like you, showing love and mercy to a thousand generations.

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him. (Psalm 89:7)
      Father, help us truly hold you in awe and reverence.

O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like you, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds you. (Psalm 89:8 )
      LORD God of hosts, mercy surrounds you and your faithfulness. Thank you.

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. (Psalm 89:9)
      Jesus, when the oceans rage around us, we hear your words, "Peace, be still." Thank you.

A word received: Look to me with trust and hope.

A word received: Cast aside whatever gets in the way of knowing me.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; 1 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 5:12-26; Luke 21:29-36
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Samuel 6:1-16; Acts 5:27-42; Luke 21:37-22:13

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 23 Church of the Redeemer, Rensselaer - The Rev'd Peter Boyle
June 24 Trinity Church, Potsdam –The Ven. Dr. Christopher Brown, The Rev'd Lora Smith, The Rev'd Margaret Theodore, The Very Rev'd James Shevlin, The Rev'd Susan Stewart

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: Here is a part of our ministry that uses short films to reach younger adults http://www.globalshortfilmnetwork.com/index.php

***** Prayer mail for 24 June 2013
Shaw Mudge
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail. This week's selective overview:
      1) We are winding down our time in the North Country, with a few parish visits to go over the next few weeks, before heading to Maine and the Albany area. I have enjoyed the visits to date.
      2) Course development continues. The Google Web site library links are being updated in accordance with specific student/faculty needs.
      3) The Learning Management System software upgrade went smoothly. Thank you to Bill (who did the work) and for your prayers.
      4) Lydia is finishing her first college course (the courses are taken sequentially).
Prayer requests:
      1) Keeping up with the balance of course creation, administrative matters, and teaching.
      2) Some people have noted with regret that funds are tight in various places. My prayer would be that we all pray for people who are able to provide financial support for what we are doing, especially to keep up with the increase of what we are doing as missionaries.
      3) For the organization and prioritization of parish visits over the next few months. That God's will be done.
      4) For the faculty and the other staff, their circumstances and goals.
      5) For volunteers who can translate our materials into Swahili and Guatemalan Spanish. One of our students has found someone in Belize who may be able help us with Spanish.
      6) For volunteers who can design a 24/7 course "English as a Second Language" for our online theological context, especially for people who speak Swahili. We may be seeing some movement in this area.
      7) Prospective ongoing mission trips to Belize and Tanzania: timing, length of stay, content, attendees, impact of the Holy Spirit. I have been asked to attend the October Cursillo Weekend in Belize, and am seeking to clarify my role there.
      8 ) For the students and their families: a) for an increase in the student body, now that the program is about to expand, b) that the students would thrive despite the issues on their plate, and c) for everyone's circumstances and vocational paths.
      God bless you, and thank you for praying. I pray for you every day. We could not be doing this without you.
      In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
Jeanne Gizara
For David says concerning him (Jesus), "I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will swell in hope… You have made know to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence." (Acts 2: 25-26 and 28 )
      Jesus we thank You for your presence in the lives of Father Shaw and Mother Julie Mudge. Thank You that You are always with them and they may not be shaken. Thank You for glad hearts and rejoicing tongues and flesh swelling in hope. Thank You that You continually guide them and make them full of gladness in your presence.
      We pray for special blessings in the week to come: for any visits to North Country churches; for the new courses that the Mudges are creating; for the volunteers who will help with developing courses especially English as a second language; for translators into Swahili and Guatemalan Spanish; for trip plans in the fall; and for all the students that You help them through their challenges. Amen.

***** A Celebration of Fr. Nigel and Lynn Mumford's Ministry in the Diocese of Albany
      On Tuesday, July 16th, at 10 am, Fr. Nigel Mumford will be the preacher for the healing service and the celebrant for the Eucharist at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Following the service, there will be a special luncheon in the Welcome Center Dining Room in recognition of and in thanksgiving for the Mumford's ministry at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. Join in wishing the Mumford's well!

***** All Saints Cathedral prayer table report
From: Jana Lingo
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:24 PM
Torre, Deacon sue asked me to take over the reporting 6/19/13, Dcn Plaske, Candy P, Jana Lingo, Hilda H. Sunny, but Windy and 72 Degrees
Connie - a regular Roy,Tarika,Jim, and Jackie (accident)
Greg- prayer for brother mark -brain tumor with symptoms of regrowth
Hilda - dealing with co-workers
Candy - Blessings for her family and provisions - thank you for many answered prayers!
FHS, Jana

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, June 22, 2013

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Terry Volpe, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Tonie Loveless and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

State St.

+Derrick (young man) and + Najeera (young cousin) --"for my family"

+a Tobias (regular) -- "I want to stay firm with God." He has a battle with loneliness. He confessed his sins and accepted God's forgiveness. He asked prayer for Dianne, Lisa, Ragena, and Sharon.

+a New Testament Bartholomew (man) and also got a cross for his girlfriend +Llyasaia -- He confessed his sins to God and accepted God's forgiveness.

+Pick (man) -- He asked a blessing for protection and guidance.

+Tonie -- Her daughter was badly beaten by a young man who came to the prayer table a couple of weeks ago.

++199 Halia (daughter) -- She asked prayer for her sisters; and +Florence (mom) -- "My husband works 3rd shift and gets angry when the children make noise.

+a199 Jason (regular) -- Continued prayers for sobriety and for a job.

+a199 Pria (young woman) -- "for my family"

+a199 New Testament Carlton (man) -- "I have diabetes, lung cancer, and heart disease. As we were praying for him his son +a Albert came along and we prayed for him as well. Carlton and Albert went away together.

+a Shawn (young man) -- Very fatigued -- he was up all night with his daughter Cameron who is sick.

a [He already had a Dennis Adams cross on.] Andrew (man) -- He needs an apartment. He told us his church (First Methodist on State St. below the MVP Building) serves free breakfasts every Sunday morning from 8:30-9:30. Their service is at 10:00 and many stay for the service.

Patricia -- She needs to get her Social Security check and a place to get a shower.

+a199 Chris (young man) -- When he came to the table he was VERY down. We led him to confess his sins to the Lord and accept God's forgiveness. Then we told him he was now clean. He went away with a radiant smile.

Albany St.

+Calvin -- Drugs

+John -- Life problems with the world (+his baby and job/protection)

+James -- He asked prayer for his daughter Jaleen.

++++Joyce -- Asked for crosses

+Sonny -- Drinking and drugs

+Marquis -- money problems

Janet -- Health and that she would stay clean

++Natalie -- Prayer for her son CJ who just dropped out of school.

[As Mark was play his guitar the birds enjoyed him.]


 

6/22/2013, #80, 2nd Quarter 2013

LORD, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalm 90:1)
      LORD, please help us daily find our dwelling place in you.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. (Psalm 90:2)
      You are our God -- you formed us from the dust of the earth. We shall return to dust, but you are everlasting and on the Day of Resurrection we shall arise to be with you forever.

      "I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!"

You turn man to destruction, and say, "Return, O children of men." (Psalm 90:3)
      Jesus, all our ways are in your hands. Help us daily surrender our wills and agenda to you and your purposes.

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)
      Father, each day we receive from you is another day of blessing. Thank you.

You carry them away like a flood; they are like a sleep. in the morning they are like grass which grows up: in the morning it flourishes and grows up; in the evening it is cut down and withers. (Psalm 90:5-6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us grow up and flourish for your purposes. Thank you.

A word received: Listen, listen to me -- I AM speaking to you.

Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; 1 Samuel 4:1b-11; Acts 4:32-5:11; Luke 21:20-28
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; 1 Samuel 4:12-22; James 1:1-18; Matt. 19:23-30
Proper 7 Closest to June 22: 63:1-8; Zechariah 12:8-10; 13:1; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 9:18-24

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 21 Christ Chuch, Morristown – The Rev’d Edgar LaCombe, The Rev’d Michael Logan
June 22 Beaver Cross Summer Program - Staff & Children The Rev’d Ellen Neufeld, The Rev’d Christopher Kelly

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: Here is where you can watch all of the finished languages http://jesusfilmmedia.org/ Just scroll down and click on the map to see the names of countries then click on the languages.

***** Dear Torre et al,
      After nine years and two months of ministry at Ctk, the Lord has moved us on. It has been a privilege to serve the Lord in the capacity of director of the healing ministry. Lynn and I certainly have met, known and watched God at work in so many of you. It has been a wonderful experience exploring, and being a witness to, the healing presence of God with you all.
      It has also been very humbling to be on the receiving end of your prayers. As you know, October 23rd 2009, was the night I very nearly died of H1N1 swine flu. I have no doubt whatsoever it was your prayers that brought me back from the brink of death. It feels like that whole experience has filtered down to two words: to God, to doctors, to nurses, to my bride, and to you, "THANK YOU."
      "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
      We certainly have met some amazing people in the last "sixth" on my life!
      Please pray that Lynn and I will continue in the Lords work of healing, a mission and calling one really does not retire from! We are being led to move south. Thank you for your prayers, love and support. We have very fond memories of the diocese. We missed you at the convention after attending the past thirteen of them!
      Please keep in touch and pray for the new ministry of "By His Wounds, Inc."
      Be well, do good works, and for the sake of God, love one another.
Much love and healing blessings. Thank you and God bless us, one and all. Fr. Nigel+ and Lynn. infor@byhiswoundsministry.org
http://byhiswoundsministry.org/
(757) 716-7812

***** From Dennis Adams of North Carolina who makes our crosses for us: my friend Jim Bernier has cancer again. Help us pray for him

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, June 20, 2013

 

6/20/2013, #79, 2nd Quarter 2013

And he looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and he saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So he said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had." (Luke 21:1-4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us give of ourselves and our resources as this poor widow did. Help us to hold nothing back from serving Jesus.

      Jesus, move in our hearts and help us give as this widow did -- trusting our Father in heaven will provide all that is truly needed.

      Dad, thank you for providing for us and our children and grandchildren and theirs all these years. Thank you for your faithfulness. Help me to be a faithful father just as you are. Thank you.

Thursday: [83] or 34 * 85, 86; 1 Samuel 2:27-36; Acts 2:22-36; Luke 20:41-21:4
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; 1 Samuel 3:1-21; Acts 2:37-47; Luke 21:5-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 20 St. John’s in the Wilderness, Paul Smith’s -The Rev’d Bill Cooper, The Rev’d Nickolas Servetas

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: Here are all the languages we have finished http://www.jesusfilm.org/film-and-media/statistics/languages-completed

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, June 21 beginning at 7pm. Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. Come and experience the love of the Father!

***** Christ Church Gilbertsville Weekly Announcements: "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:39)
      Jesus, please help us do the same.

***** Prayer Request from Bob Haskell: Torre-
      Would you be willing to ask your prayer chain to pray for healing for Deacon Charley and Polly’s daughters, Leia and Lisa, and for Lisa’s unborn child.
      Leia has pneumonia, septic and some kidney problems. Lisa is having some difficulties with her pregnancy, she is on strict bed rest with low amnio fluid, if it get lower they will do a C-section. The baby does weigh about 5lbs and has a strong heart rate.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 

6/19/2013, #78, 2nd Quarter 2013

But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (Acts 2:16)
      Help us, Holy Spirit, hear and receive the words of this prophecy.

'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh; (Acts 2:17a)
      Jesus, pour out your Holy Spirit upon all of us.

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, (Acts 2:17b)
      Jesus, we pray that our sons and daughters will hear and speak your word.

Your young men shall see visions, (Acts 2:17c)
      Father, we ask that the young men of this diocese will see visions of you and your kingdom.

Your old men shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:17d)
      I have been young, and now am old (Psalm 37:25a). Help me, Lord, dream and speak of you and your work among us.

And on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:18 )
      Father, pour out your Spirit upon all your servants so that they speak your word. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost.

I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. (Acts 2:19)
      Holy Spirit, help us see and recognize the signs and wonders you are doing among us.

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (Acts 2:20)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.' (Acts 2:21)
      Jesus, send us out into the harvest fields where we will help many to call upon your name and be saved. Thank you.

A word received: Give thanks for my "Nos" as well as my "Yeses".

A word received by a friend: While reading Acts 2, the Word: "Lord fill me with Your Spirit," just jumped off the page at me.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 1 Samuel 2:12-26; Acts 2:1-21; Luke 20:27-40
Thursday: [83] or 34 * 85, 86; 1 Samuel 2:27-36; Acts 2:22-36; Luke 20:41-21:4

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 19 The Rev’d Sue Cole, The Rev’d Mark A. Michael

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: If you want to go on a Jesus Film Project mission trip here is that website http://www.jesusfilmmissiontrips.org/

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, June 21 beginning at 7pm. Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. Come and experience the love of the Father!

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Billy Black asked that we play for two woman who have cancer on their spine. Pauline Browne and Irene Young, Both in treatment Please Pray both women are completely healed Thankyou, Ronnie'O

***** 6/18 Prayer table report, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and his guitar on State St., Schenectady, 12:15 - 1:45. +--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Sabita - more Jesus!

+ Sean - (Sabita's son) - more of Jesus in his life and peace in his life

+ Boogie - seeking God, we prayed for God to be in his heart

++ Wanda - prayer for her grandkids who have been taken from their mom, Also prayers for her boyfriend Tito who was hit by a car

++++ Loretha - pain in her body, her son Robert who in prison, and her son Jesse - who is currently homeless with a girlfriend and 2 children.

++ Luz - be to be healthy, resolution of her acid reflex (had her nephew with her)

++ Melissa (came with Luz, had a young girl on a stroller) - needed help with her rent. We sang "Jesus Loves Me" to the little girl who then gurgled happily and waved at us as they left.)

+Tamieka - her financial situation, she is about to lose her house, and needs a job

+Amanda - she was in a rush to work but was really looking at the crosses so we did a very quick blessing.

+ Art - (came up on his bicycle and joined in the singing of the chorus to Alleulia) - prayed for Mark! Then stayed to sing, pray and speak with a few people until we left.

++ Priest - (yes, that is what the young man said his name was) We prayed for housing for him and his fiancee Theresa

+++ Ruth, Marcos, and their young son James - we prayed for family and provision

++Shamell - he initially asked prayer for family, then part way into the prayer he explained he and his wife want a baby. So we became more specific.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, June 17, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Absolutely gorgeous warm, sunny morning ... for a change! Lots of foot and vehicle traffic. We had our highest number of visitors come to His table since we started this Monday ministry back on July 9 of 2012. We do not measure success in numbers, but it is still gratifying to see more and more people come. Becky Hadley, Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

a-- denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t--denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a--ETHEL -- This 80-ish woman is a regular. She has a bad left thumb and wrist which she sustained over the winter falling on ice as she was delivering food to friends she visits every day. She walks all over downtown Amsterdam doing this! We prayed for healing for her wrist and anointed her wrist and thumb.

t,t -- FRANK and KASHAON -- This was a father and his stepson who stopped for prayer for Frank's mother MYRA, who is having heart problems lately. We prayed for healing for Myra and for protection and preservation for Frank and Kashaon.

RENEE -- We prayed for successful back surgery for her.

a--REBECCA -- This young lady is a regular. In fact, she was the very first-ever visitor to the table last July 9th. She asked for prayer for her left ear, which is stopped up and giving her pain. She has a doctor's appointment for this Friday to have it flushed out. In the meantime, she is very uncomfortable and is not tolerating the medicine she was prescribed to take. We also prayed for protection and safety for MICHAEL, the infant she takes care of every afternoon.

JAY -- Requested prayers for his ex-girlfriend -- but still a dear friend to him -- TERI, who is experiencing " ...severe job discrimination" where she works Jay said she is "not respected" by the men she works with. (She is the only woman employee in the office.) We prayed that Teri would either find peace in this workplace or else discern that is time to go somewhere else, if possible.

t--MARCUS -- This pleasant man stopped by and asked for prayers for "... things to keep going well" for him. We prayed for continued happiness, good health and protection/preservation for Marcus.

t,t -- ANGELA and CHASTITY -- Angela (young mother) asked for " ... just a blessing for each of us!" for herself and her teenaged daughter Chastity. We thanked God for their good health and prayed that it would continue and they would both come to walk in His footsteps and come to know the Lord in an exciting, new way!

JOHN -- This Irish gent ("My name's McNally!" he said to us as he greeted us cheerily) wondered why we were out there. When told it was to pray for anyone who came by and wanted prayer, he said "Well, count me in!" he said, and we prayed for his general good health and well-being.

a, t -- CLARA with three young boys (no names) -- She was very worried and sad but also very eager for prayer for ANGEL, a young man who Clara said is in some kind of trouble. "He needs protection and all our prayers because of where he's going." She did not elaborate; the Lord knows the details. We prayed for Angel to be safe and to come to know God better, and for peace of mind and for strength for Clara and the boys.

***** TheShaws -Kazakhstan, Check out their blog: http://www.prestonandella.com/prestonandella/ShawBlog/ShawBlog.html
Prayer Focus Update-The Abayev Family Hear " The Story"
      This past sunday was fantastic. We've been praying as a family and had you praying for some of our focus relationships here. A family day was planned with the "ABAYEV Family " at our home for swimming, cherry picking, and time together. Saturday, I found myself having day dreams of sharing "The Story" with the husband of the family. Instead of reasoning with myself of why it wasn't a good idea, boldness and confidence filled my heart. Sundays, we typically have a family worship and study time in the Word using Julia's Kid's Picture Book. Our past week's memory verse for her was John 3:16. We all know it, " God so loved the world that he gave his only son".
Spirit Of Liberty
      When The Abayevs arrived we invited them to join our family worship time and they agreed. The kids and moms were quickly obsorbed into a nearby play room and I found myself sitting with the husband, the Book in Russian, the Book in English, and the Kids Picture Book. There was a spirit of liberty and I was able to freely share about what Jesus has done over the next hour as well as my personal experiences with Christ. His heart was open and agreeable. Our time ended with me sharing that I believed what Jesus did for me is for every person in the world including him. That Jesus reveals this truth through people, dreams, and miracles.
A family Member Healed
      I was able to share a miraculous story from last week. Ella's twin sister was very ill this past week experiencing sever stomach and back pain. She was growing worried unaware of the cause and the symptoms were worsening quickly. Traveling to the cafe with Julia I called to see if she would like me to drop off Julia. I wasn't aware of the serious condition she was in. She explained that she was growing worse and unable to do anything needing to seek medical attention. I told her Julia and I would pray for her and I hung up the phone. We said a short prayer in the car for her and continued with our day. The next day she testified of how she was instantly relieved of the symptoms and healed at the very moment we were praying! What a powerful testimony of the real living God, Jesus Christ at work right now.
Prayer Focus:
      We are praying that this story and the words we shared about Jesus would bring revelation of the Truth to this family! Please join us in praying that this week, Jesus would reveal himself and bring deeper revelation to them. Be encouraged, God seeks his children like a father would for his lost son in a crowd. I believe this past Father's day, Papa God was seeking for these lost kids of his, longing for them to be found.
      The Shaws - Preston, Ella, Julia, James.

Albany Intercessor


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 

6/18/2013, #77, 2nd Quarter 2013

Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength and his wonderful works that he has done. (Psalm 78:1-4)
      Holy Spirit, raise up in every parish in this diocese men and women who will have a heart to share the gospel with the next generation.

      Jesus, please help us recognize the opportunities you give us to share with the next generation what you have done.

      Father, we pray that you will pour your Holy Spirit into our hearts and empower our witness to the next generation. Thank you.

But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Psalm 32:10b (NKJV) A word received: My mercy surrounds you.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11; Acts 1:15-26; Luke 20:19-26
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 1 Samuel 2:12-26; Acts 2:1-21; Luke 20:27-40

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 18 Trinity Church, Plattsburgh – The Rev’d Colin C. Belton

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: Here are a lot of encouraging videos from the Jesus Film Project http://jfministrypartners.org/video-gallery.html
Check out this video: http://jfministrypartners.org/gamo-premiere.html

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, June 21 beginning at 7pm. Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. Come and experience the love of the Father!

***** Prayer mail for 18 June 2013
Shaw Mudge
Dear partners in prayer, This is our weekly public prayer mail.
      Julie and I had a great time celebrating our anniversary. I found a wonderful anniversary card that really captures the essence of how Julie and I see ourselves (and have seen ourselves for the length of our marriage). It is awesome.
This week's selective overview:
      1) I have begun getting out and about visiting parishes, especially in the North Country. We have several visits scheduled over the next month and a half, with more in the wings as we have a clearer idea of what our upcoming schedule is likely to be. Praise God!
      2) We are the only Anglican seminary option actually in Belize at the present time, and we are available to help the faculty at Kasulu Bible College with their work, as necessary, in ways that would not have been possible, otherwise. So, is the missionary work that we are doing important?Yes. Absolutely. You make it possible.
      3) Over the coming months: 4 Old Testament courses will be in the works, a New Testament course, 2 theology courses, and emerging is a new item (at the request of Kasulu Bible College and others): "English as a Second Language", designed especially for theological students and clergy. Furthermore, we may be seeing a way to begin translating our materials into Guatemalan Spanish.
Prayer requests:
      1) Keeping up with course creation, administrative matters, and teaching. A software upgrade in our learning management system is planned for this Wednesday (with this Friday as a backup day). Pray that it would all be going smoothly.
      2) The program is transitioning from 1 or 2 person operation centered around what I am doing, into a wider network of volunteers on three continents. I need prayer for the wisdom and discernment to balance it all, God's way: letting go, letting God, allowing the brilliant volunteer stars to shine, keeping it on course.
      3) For the organization and prioritization of parish visits. That God's will be done.
      3) Increase in support to keep up with the increase of what we are doing as missionaries.
      4) Volunteers who can translate our materials into Swahili and Guatemalan Spanish. We may be seeing some movement in this area.
      5) Volunteers who can design a 24/7 course "English as a Second Language" for our online theological context, especially for people who speak Swahili. We may be seeing some movement in this area.
      6) Prospective ongoing mission trips to Belize and Tanzania: timing, length of stay, content, attendees, impact of the Holy Spirit. I have been asked to attend the October Cursillo Weekend in Belize.
      7) For the students and their families: that they would persevere despite the issues on their plate, and their vocational paths. There are some real challenges here for them.
      God bless you, and thank you for praying. I pray for you every day. You all are really great. We could not be doing this without you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+

Albany Intercessor


Monday, June 17, 2013

 

6/17/2013, #76, 2nd Quarter 2013

And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," he said, "you have heard from me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:4-5)
      Jesus, baptize us anew with power and fire of your Holy Spirit. Give us the strength of character to wait on you and your timing. Thank you.

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, saying, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And he said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in his own authority. (Acts 1:6-7)
      Father, thank you that you are the only one who knows the day and the hour of the restoration -- such knowledge would be too heavy for us to bear.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8 )
      Holy Spirit, as you give your power, also give us your guidance so that we will know the harvest field you have for each of us to enter. Thank you.

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Acts 1:1-14; Luke 20:9-19
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11; Acts 1:15-26; Luke 20:19-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 17 St. Mark’s Church, Philmont – The Rev’d Mark McDarby, The Rev’d Bruce Mason

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: Here is a video that explains the process of doing a language in the Jesus Film http://jfministrypartners.org/master-studio.html

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, June 21 beginning at 7pm. Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. Come and experience the love of the Father!

Fr. Steve & Mtr. Lorrie Hart will facilitate a 7 week series for couples on Developing Intimacy in Relationships. Includes video presentations by Dr. Gary Smalley. First meeting is Thursday, June 20@ 7pm at St. Michael's, Colonie. Contact Fr. Steve @ 366-2197 for info/registration.

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, June 16, 2013

 

6/16/2013, #75, 2nd Quarter 2013

And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." (Luke 7:40-43)
      Holy Spirit, please help us bring all our sins to Jesus for his forgiveness. Help us recognize the magnitude of our debt to him.

Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." (Luke 7:44-47)
      Jesus, help us to do a true and honest accounting of our ministry to you. Help us to love and serve you.

Then he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." (Luke 7:48 )
      From yesterday's prayer table:
      +a Rafael (young man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God's forgiveness with a big, beaming smile when he heard that he had been made clean.
      +a Jason (big, tough young man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God's forgiveness and started to cry when he heard that he had been made clean.
      Holy Spirit, thank you that each of these two men responded: one with joy and the other with tears to the work you did in their lives.

And those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Then he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace." (Luke 7:49-50)
      Father, bring us all to a saving faith in Jesus. Thank you.

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Ecclus. 46:11-20 or Num. 6:22-27; Rev. 15:1-8; Matt. 18:1-14
Proper 6 Closest to June 15: 32 or 32:1-8; 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10,13-15; Galatians 2:11-21; Luke 7:36-50
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Acts 1:1-14; Luke 20:9-19

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 16 All Fathers on Father’s Day, The Very Rev’d David Ousley

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: Here is a video that explains the process of doing a language in the Jesus Film http://jfministrypartners.org/master-studio.html

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, June 21 beginning at 7pm. Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. Come and experience the love of the Father!

Fr. Steve & Mtr. Lorrie Hart will facilitate a 7 week series for couples on Developing Intimacy in Relationships. Includes video presentations by Dr. Gary Smalley. First meeting is Thursday, June 20@ 7pm at St. Michael's, Colonie. Contact Fr. Steve @ 366-2197 for info/registration.

***** Mudge Scripture Prayer
From: Jeanne Gizara
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5: 22-23)
      Father God and Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You for sending your Holy Spirit into this world enabling us to build your kingdom. We ask for more of your Holy Spirit for Father Shaw and Mother Julie as they work to bring theological education into Belize and Tanzania. Thank You for the fruit that has already been produced and we request very large harvests in the days to come.
      Thank You for love in the Mudges’ family life and in their interactions with those to whom they minister.
      Thank You for the joy that comes from working in the power of the Holy Spirit for You.
      Thank You for the peace that surpasses all understanding as they work through difficulties yoked to You.
      Thank You for patience. Working with disadvantaged students who struggle with the English language and have not had educational opportunities like those in the U.S. can sometimes be disheartening. The policy that no student fails but some take longer to complete a course is so evident of the gift of patience.
      Thank You for the kindness that the Mudges pass on to all that they work with.
      Thank You for the goodness that prevails in their lives.
      Thank You for their great faithfulness in listening for your direction and following it.
      Thank You for the gentleness and self-control in their lives.
      Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Saturday, June 15, 2013

 

6/15/2013, #74, 2nd Quarter 2013

A word received at St. Ann's Amsterdam this evening: There is no greater love than the love I have for each one of you. I want you to experience my love -- So come to Me. Nothing that any of you has done is so bad that I cannot forgive it. Come to Me and receive what I have each of you.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Ecclus. 46:1-10 or Num. 3:1-13; 2 Cor. 13:1-14; Luke 20:1-8
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Ecclus. 46:11-20 or Num. 6:22-27; Rev. 15:1-8; Matt. 18:1-14
Proper 6 Closest to June 15: 32 or 32:1-8; 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10,13-15; Galatians 2:11-21; Luke 7:36-50

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 15 All Saints Church, Morris Manor – The Rev’d Robert Witt, The Rev’d David Springer

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link: Here is a video that explains the whole ministry as a whole http://jfministrypartners.org/whiteboard-videos-ov.html

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, June 15 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, (518 ) 842-2363, http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/

***** Prayer table training
joann E ferris
      I would be happy to encourage any church, any denomation,in the St. Lawrence Deanery and other parts of the north country to setup a prayer table . They can contact me by calling 315-262-2553. Leave a message after 4 rings. the message on my machine is generic .It has been a year since I started doing this. There are slow times and busy times --It is all good as the Lord is there. God Bless! Ultreya! FHS, Jo

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, June 21 beginning at 7pm. Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. Come and experience the love of the Father!

Fr. Steve & Mtr. Lorrie Hart will facilitate a 7 week series for couples on Developing Intimacy in Relationships. Includes video presentations by Dr. Gary Smalley. First meeting is Thursday, June 20@ 7pm at St. Michael's, Colonie. Contact Fr. Steve @ 366-2197 for info/registration.

***** Prayer Table, Cold Brook Dr. South Colton, Jo Ferris Fri June 14, 2013 10am-11:30am Sun and clouds, breezy -- 60's

service Master --2 men --when I asked if they wanted prayer they said"actually we would like directions." I gave directions and said I would pray for them.

Henry --Gave me the sign of the cross blessing me as he passed in the state park truck.

Andrew-- he is good

Joe ---We both could use prayer --he asked for prayer for his shoulder

Dean ---Doesn't have time --now-- thank you.

2 people on motorcycle--stopped in R.C. church yard---- I asked if they would like prayer--no thank you --we actually stopped to clean his eyeglasses. They tooted and waved as they left.

lady in a convertable ---she raised her hand out the roof and gave a hearty wave.

Agnes---she smiled and waved as the county driver drove her by me and home.

Red car ---slowed and looked to see.

Brian --- he didn't wave sooo--I prayed as he works at the state park with my husband and knows me.

The mailman--he waved from his truck as he traveled st. route 56

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene Chesnut Torre Bissell on State St. and Candy Palumbo and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates was anointed with Holy Water

Albany St.

++Brandon -- He asked prayer for his knee, for his 3 year old brother Leam who fell down stairs and for his mother Kate who does foster care.

+Carleatha -- "anxiety" and for Scott, son's health.

Joe -- Going to mow lawns, prayed for daily blessing, Father's Day and protection.

+Reves (man) -- Walking, going to a meeting, prayed for blessings and protection

(Red sweatshirt man walking by) -- prayed for protection and blessing

+Lathen -- prayer for a closer relation with God

Man on bike -- rode over, sent a blessing when he rode by

+Merielle and mom -- Prayed and blessed for both of them. Merielle is a little girl.

+Jackie -- gave a cross as walking by, prayed for blessing

+Rasheed -- prayed for continued walking and growing with the Lord

+Rashon -- going to Shoprite -- give cross and blessing

Sunny -- prayer for his alcohol addiction

Girl (13) -- walking to work at Shop Rite

+Shane -- lost nephew, Cieana (7 months), Tieno (mother)

State St.

a Tony [He already had a Dennis Adams cross on.] -- He asked prayer for health and continued blessing.

+a Brad (man) -- "I have been separated from my family (wife and children) for a long time -- I would like prayer for them.

Mark -- He asked for Carol who has set a Christian table at a Psychic/New Age festival.

+a Zobbie (boy 11) -- He has come to the prayer table before. He asked prayer for his mom Nicole that she will get better.

+a Donald (man) -- He asked prayer for his church, Mt. Olivet, which is trying to reach out to the kids in the neighborhood. Mt. Olivet has just bought a new church building on Wendell.

+Ray (young man) and +James (son) -- They are looking for an apartment in a good neighborhood where is family can be safe.

+a Rafael (young man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God's forgiveness with a big, beaming smile when he heard that he had been made clean.

+a Jason (big, tough young man) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God's forgiveness and started to cry when he heard that he had been made clean.

a Tobias (man 47, regular) -- He is working on his GED. He asked prayer for his friends Sharon, Belinda, Ragena, Lisa, Dianna, Yashina Mairia, and Oddetta.

a Sabita (regular) -- We prayed for guidance as a mom.

+Irving (man) -- We prayed a "sock it to him, Lord" prayer.

+Wendy and +Paul -- We prayed that they will get an apartment.

Steve (regular) -- We gave thanks for the way he watches over us on Saturday mornings.

+a Shawn -- He asked prayer for his daughter Cameron.

Paula (regular) -- We prayed for her whole family, especially that her son will marry the girl he is having a son by, for her husband John that he will not trip or fall.

Albany Intercessor


 

6/15/2013, #73, 2nd Quarter 2013

Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted him (Luke 20:1)
      Jesus, come and teach in our parishes. Help us by your Holy Spirit so that we will not be dismayed by those who confront preachers of the gospel.

and spoke to him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Or who is he who gave you this authority?" (Luke 20:2)
      Holy Spirit, get the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to acknowledge Jesus' authority to teach and guide them.

But he answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, and answer me: the baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men?" (Luke 20:3-4)
      Father, help us openly acknowledge all that we have seen you do through your son Jesus and your Holy Spirit.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet." So they answered that they did not know where it was from. (Luke 20:5-7)
      Jesus, set the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church free from the weasel-worded reasoning and lack of commitment to the truth of the gospel.

And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Luke 20:8 )
      Jesus, you have told us (Luke 9:26) that if we are ashamed of you and your words, that you will be ashamed of us when you come in your glory. Have mercy on all those who refuse your authority and help them submit to your lordship. Thank you.

A word received: Keep crying out to me for the poor, the lost and the least.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Ecclus. 46:1-10 or Num. 3:1-13; 2 Cor. 13:1-14; Luke 20:1-8
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Ecclus. 46:11-20 or Num. 6:22-27; Rev. 15:1-8; Matt. 18:1-14
Proper 6 Closest to June 15: 32 or 32:1-8; 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10,13-15; Galatians 2:11-21; Luke 7:36-50

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 15 All Saints Church, Morris Manor – The Rev’d Robert Witt, The Rev’d David Springer

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project link to written stories about how the film is used and staff stories from all over the world. http://www.jesusfilm.org/stories/archives

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, June 15 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, (518 ) 842-2363, http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/

***** Prayer table training
Susan Plaske
      Hi Torre, I had some people stop by the prayer table, interested in beginning the ministry in their own church. Some were a little apprehensive to start this on their own. I know I would be happy to help people establish a prayer table at their church or local corner and I bet that most who already have a prayer table would do the same. Is there a way that you could put the word out to anyone interested in starting a prayer table, that I and others may be able to assist? Thanks Torre

***** Please join us for the monthly Praise and Worship event @ St. Michael's, Colonie, Friday, June 21 beginning at 7pm. Jennifer Greenhall will be speaking. Come and experience the love of the Father!

Fr. Steve & Mtr. Lorrie Hart will facilitate a 7 week series for couples on Developing Intimacy in Relationships. Includes video presentations by Dr. Gary Smalley. First meeting is Thursday, June 20@ 7pm at St. Michael's, Colonie. Contact Fr. Steve @ 366-2197 for info/registration.

***** It is with great sadness that we report the death of Benjamin Sutcliffe, son of Fr. David and Paula Sutcliffe. Benjamin passed away today in Arizona. His parents were by his side. The Burial Office for Benjamin will be at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan St, Albany, NY at 11 am on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Albany Intercessor


Friday, June 14, 2013

 

6/14/2013, #72, 2nd Quarter 2013

Now as he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. (Luke 19:41-42)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize and respond to Jesus when he visits us. Help us know the things that make for our peace and do them. When they are hidden from us, open our eyes and our hearts and give us sight.

For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, (Luke 19:43)
      Lord Jesus Christ, the armies of the evil one are encamped around us -- help us fight the good fight with the weapons and armor of your Holy Spirit.

and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation." (Luke 19:44)
      Father, the evil one's desire is to draw our youth away from Jesus and bring them to destruction. Protect them and us for the sake of Jesus' name and love for us.

Then he went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, (Luke 19:45)
      Jesus, come into our parishes and cleanse them of anything that should not be there. Come into our lives with the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.' " (Luke 19:46)
      Holy Spirit, let every parish in this diocese be a house of prayer where all are welcome.

And he was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy him, (Luke 19:47)
      Jesus, come and teach in our parishes day by day. Protect us from the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who seek to pervert and destroy the gospel.

and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear him. (Luke 19:48 )
      Holy Father, keep us attentive to the message and love of Jesus throughout this diocese. Thank you.

A word received: Trust me.

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Ecclus. 45:6-16 or Eccles. 11:9-12:14; 2 Cor. 12:11-21; Luke 19:41-48
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Ecclus. 46:1-10 or Num. 3:1-13; 2 Cor. 13:1-14; Luke 20:1-8

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 14 With Thanksgiving for the Diocesan Convention

***** Check out The Jesus Film Project main website http://jesusfilm.org/

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, June 15 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, (518 ) 842-2363, http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/

***** Update from The Rt Rev Dr Grant LeMarquand and Dr Wendy LeMarquand
Praying....
“Aaah! Aaaaaah!” 'Who was this tormented person?', we wondered. How could we help? While one of us (who shall remain nameless) fell asleep, Grant stayed awake, praying fervently for the sufferer whose cries pierced the quiet of the night in this Opo village. In the morning we saw who it was. It was a goat. Standing and straining at his tether, he was leaning down and screaming into the ear of the goat next to him. From time to time, the object of this attention, with almost palpable disdain, would - “Pugh!” - spit into his accuser’s face, eliciting even more aggrieved and vocal protest. The goat argument was happily ignored by the women who sat near them, already hard at work preparing morning tea. Finally Grant could stand it no longer. Walking over to the goats, he addressed them directly: “WHAT’S your PROBLEM?” There was a moment of frozen disbelief as both goats and women stared at the bishop, standing with his arms spread in earnest supplication before...a goat! The women doubled over in incredulous laughter. But the goat, his little head hung down, went humbly to his own patch of dirt, and, for the first time in many hours, sat down quietly.
It must have been the prayers...

... and prayed for...
“Do you live in the woods?”, she had asked us as we emerged out of the small strand of trees separating her property from the one next door. We chatted in the warmth of the complete and instant friendship that only the very young can give. Now a year later, we have learned that every night before she goes to bed, this little girl from South Carolina, folds her small hands and prays to God to bless Bishop Grant and Dr Wendy. We were overwhelmed.

Teaching....And Taught
There is a little church in western Ethiopia, in a town called Illia. The church’s walls are made of a few bamboo sticks; its roof a UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) tarp . There is nothing inside but a bare, smooth floor of packed mud. The small congregation somehow had found a chair for the bishop to sit in, while they themselves sat on the ground. They listened as Grant taught about the woman who had given Jesus her wealth - her gift of costly ointment worth a year’s wages; had given her pride - in the ancient world only a slave could be required to attend to a person’s feet; and she had given her reputation - she had let down her hair to wash Jesus’ feet. As it came time for this church to give the offering, to the handfuls of grain and little one birr notes (worth six cents) that were laid on the mat, were added the gifts of the women. One laid down her head scarf, the next her necklace of plastic beads, and one by one, women, who from a western perspective had ‘nothing’, came and brought their gifts - ‘costly’, because that was all they had. In the West, because of (or perhaps in spite of) the ‘much’ that we have, we can substitute pleasure for joy. The women of Ilea do not have this option - but they have joy. The poor have something to teach us.

Back in North America for April and May, as we reconnect with friends and family, we are more grateful than we can express - for you, and for your friendship, your prayers and your support. What a joy to partner with each other and with Jesus in His love for us all!

The Rt Rev Dr Grant LeMarquand and Dr Wendy LeMarquand are missionaries of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders)
Bishop Grant is Area bishop for the Horn of Africa within the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

Check out their web site: http://www.grantandwendy.com/

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission. Lots of rain, not many came to the evening meal.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a--indicates anointed with Holy Water

Dan -- His daughter Julia turned 21 Thursday. We prayed for their relationship.

Chuck -- We prayed for God to visit his son and his family while they are visiting.

+ Judy -- She asked prayer for her family, for her son who is in prison, and for her boyfriend. We prayed for the son's protection and that God would raise up witnesses to him to speak to him of Jesus' love.

+a Tatyanna (mother) and 6 children who were all anointed and received crosses -- Some of the children were disabled and mentally handicapped.

+Jerome (man) -- We prayed he will bless others.

a Judy -- "I need rest."

Stephen (Jewish man who has come to the table other times before. He talks but does not listen. This is the first time he was not overtly hostile to Christianity.)

***** The healing ministry is about planting seeds of healing. The teaching is natural. The fruit is supernatural. ~Fr. Nigel Mumford+

***** Bp Ball Update June 12, 2013
Greetings to all,

Yesterday was Bishop Ball's 87th birthday! To celebrate the occasion, he enjoyed a small dinner with some friends.

I have not provided you with an update in the last two weeks because for the last two weeks Bishop Ball has been out of the hospital and getting stronger!

Please do not misunderstand, though, he still has issues that required 4 to 5 doctor appointments these past weeks, but he is making progress.

Please continue to pray that he can stay infection free and out of the hospital to allow his rehabilitation to gain ground.

A number of you have asked how you might be remembered to the Bishop during the Golf Tournament when you cannot attend the dinner. We have arranged to have a "Best Wishes Bishop Ball" section in the program. For a donation of $25.00, we will list your name and a short greeting. You might at first blush think this is an outrageous amount, but this is a fund raising event and it would bless the Bishop greatly. We would need to hear from you by June 17th if you would like to be remembered to the Bishop in this way. You can donate online at the Cathedral website via PayPal or mail a check - please no calls to the office.

Thank you all for your prayers and God bless you, Dean Collum+

Albany Intercessor


Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

6/13/2013, #71, 2nd Quarter 2013

When he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that he sent two of his disciples, saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.' " So those who were sent went their way and found it just as he had said to them. (Luke 19:28-32)
      Holy Spirit, please help us go forward as these disciples did at Jesus' word to them. They could have been arrested or beaten for being horse thieves, but they trusted Jesus and his word to them. Build that same trust in us so that we will go forth at his word. Thank you.

But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, "Why are you loosing the colt?" And they said, "The Lord has need of him." (Luke 19:33-34)
      Jesus, your word opens doors of possibility and opportunity -- help us walk through those doors.

Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as he went, many spread their clothes on the road. Then, as he was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: "'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" (Luke 19:35-38 )
      Father, please help us praise Jesus as we ought.

And some of the Pharisees called to him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." But he answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out." (Luke 19:39-40)
      Jesus, give me a heart of flesh in place of this heart of stone so that I may daily praise you and be in your presence (see Psalm 22:3). Thank you.

A word received: Give me your hearts.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Ecclus. 44:19-45:5 or Eccles. 11:1-8; 2 Cor. 12:1-10; Luke 19:28-40
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Ecclus. 45:6-16 or Eccles. 11:9-12:14; 2 Cor. 12:11-21; Luke 19:41-48

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 13 The Rev’d Mary White

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, June 15 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, (518 ) 842-2363, http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT, ST. ANN's OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, June 10 10:15-11:00 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Deb Gerlach and Muriel Papura at His table today.)

a-- anointed with Holy Oil.
t-- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Dave - A regular. Just stopped by to say hi and to see where Dcn. Alan was.

Ethel - Another regular who stopped by to say hi.

Gentleman (no name given) - Praised God for his sisters successful brain surgery, and protection from a car accident and a shooting.

Albany Intercessor


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 

6/12/2013, #70, 2nd Quarter 2013

But in whatever anyone is bold--I speak foolishly--I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ?--I speak as a fool--I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness -- besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. (2 Corinthians 11:21b-28 )
      Jesus, please help us count the cost of discipleship and be willing to go forth at your word as Paul was.

      Holy Spirit, here am I. Sent me.

Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. (2 Corinthians 11:29-30)
      Father, thank you that I have no strength or power of my own. Help me daily turn to you for more of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands. (2 Corinthians 11:31-33)
      Jesus, thank you for all the ways you carried Paul through so many trials. Daily give us your strength to endure as you did with him. Thank you.

Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Deut. 31:30-32:14; 2 Cor. 11:21b-33; Luke 19:11-27
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Ecclus. 44:19-45:5; 2 Cor. 12:1-10; Luke 19:28-40

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for apostolic fruitfulness in every Missionary Outpost, June 12 Emmanuel Church, Little Falls – The Rev’d Steven Scarcia

***** Pray that the work begun at the Diocesan Convention will be continued in every parish of this diocese.

***** Pray that we will hearken to what God is saying to us as a diocese.

***** St. Ann's Church (37 Division St, Amsterdam) invites you to join us for our monthly Healing Eucharist on Saturday, June 15 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, (518 ) 842-2363, http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/

***** News From Christ The King -- You are invited every Tuesday morning for Christian Healing Services 10- 12 in the CtK Main Chapel.
Upcoming Speakers:

6/18 Fr. John Kelly, Trinity Epsicopal Church, Lansingburgh, NY
      Fr. John Kelly and his wife, Tish, have been members of the Healing Ministry's Prayer Ministry for a number of years. Fr. John is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Sackets Harbor, NY, Newark, NY, and Clarks Summit, PA, and is currently rector of Trinity Church Lansingburgh. Fr. John and Tish have four children. Their son, Matt, has served as a pastor on Long Island. Fr. John will be preaching on the joy of the Holy Spirit.

6/25 Pastor David Martin, Hope United Methodist Church, Brunswick, NY
      Pastor Dave is an Elder in full connection in the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has been serving as pastor at Hope UMC in Troy, NY, since 2000. He is married to Judith Granai-Martin, and they have three grown children. Pastor Dave will be preaching on the child-like faith of the 72 sent out by Jesus.

Coming in July:
7/2 Bishop William Love, Episcopal Diocese of Albany, NY
7/9 Fr. Marty Fisher, of ND/Visitation Church, Schuylerville & St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Greenwich, NY

***** Prayer table 6/11, June 11th, 12:15-1:15, State Street Schenectady, Mark Pasko and Carol MacNaughton

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Started with only 1 cross. After Carol spoke our desire to have more, we found 4 more loose in a grocery bag. Mark thought that would be exactly what we needed but we prayed to run out! And we did!

+ Herman Barrier - asked paryer for th 5 year old child whose funeral service he just walked by. We blessed Herman and prayed for the child, her family, friends, and the causes of this early death. Herman was very proud of his father's name so he asked that we include his full name. Honor thy father!

+ Noel - pulled up to the curb in his car. Carol ran to the car. He asked for a cross. He was in a motorcylce wreck on Monday and very skinned up. Had not received any medical streetment. Prayed for clean healing.

Linda - (wearing one of the wooden crosses we hand out) - trying to get home to Kingston. She was running away from an abusive man. We prayed for safe travels and healing of her soul.

+ Glenn - guidance in his life. He also asked prayers for his brother Billy with gall bladded problems.

+ Mr. Brown - blessing

+ Luz - (did not speak English) blessing and for her visit to the heart doctor on Wednesday

(OUT OF CROSSES!)

Nicole - came with Luz, spoke only a very small amount of English, let Luz have the last cross - we blessed Nicole

Mahtrajames - said she and her daughter Jeteyajames were under spiritual attacked. Prayed for her, reminded her to put on the armor of God each morning and read Psalm 91.

Sabita! - more Jesus (she lives next to the church and comes with this request every time she sees the prayer table!)

Bus driver - saw our tabled, honked and waved - we waved in return

(started raining pretty hard..)

McKenzie - 7 months pregnant - blessed her and the child

Tanya and her grandson Melvin - blessings

McKenzie came back to the table. She had lost her purse and hoped she had left it with us. We said no, and prayed for her to find it. She scurried off.

Mary - God knows

McKenzie came back, carrying the purse. She said "I wanted you to know your prayers were answered!

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